It's Time to Get Your Flu Shot Again

Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy said in a statement this week that the 2017 season has been characterised by high levels of influenza A (H3N2), a strain which disproportionately affects older people.

The group recommended a new influenza A H3N2 strain, and swapped out the Victoria-lineage B strain with a Yamagata-lineage virus that had been recommended past year as the second B strain in quadrivalent vaccine formulations.

"We are pleased to see that the decrease in vaccination coverage among adults age 50 and older we saw in the 2015-2016 season was not sustained during the 2016-2017 season", said Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland.

No child is vaccinated with a completed consent form.

The Orange Visiting Nurse Association (OVNA) started this year's Flu Vaccine Campaign and offered the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination starting September 19,2017.

The results showed that of all of the factors measured, only positive mood, whether measured repeatedly over a six-week period around vaccination, or on the day of vaccination, was associated with higher blood levels of antibodies to H1N1, a potentially unsafe flu strain, at both four and 16 weeks post-vaccination.

Price, who received his flu shot at the press conference, said the vaccine can prevent serious health challenges including hospitalization. He says getting shots cannot only protect your co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, but also your longevity. The annual flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others.


For those with egg allergies, the CDC says people who have experienced only hives after exposure to eggs can get any licensed flu vaccine that is appropriate for their age and health. This includes older adults, younger children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions, smokers and people who live in nursing homes. "There are thousands of places where you can get your flu shot", he added.

Fewer people died during the 2016-2017 season compared with the previous year, but the hospitalization rate almost doubled from the previous year, according to the CDC.

But too few children and adults get their yearly flu shot, he noted.

All ages are welcome, however, children under the age of 6 months are not advised to receive the vaccination unless recommended by a physician. During flu season, viruses circulate at higher levels in the population.

"The science on flu vaccination is clear", said Dr. Tom Price, secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. "Influenza is an unpredictable infectious disease".

For the 2017-2018 season, CDC recommends only the use of injectable influenza vaccines (flu shots), including inactivated influenza vaccines and recombinant influenza vaccines.


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